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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 10:28

‘Flatliners’ dead on arrival

Hollywood’s current tendency toward remakes and reboots of preexisting properties isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes, the right filmmaking team can take an older idea and breathe new life into it, creating something that both honors the source material and brings something uniquely its own to the table. The end result can be a really enjoyable movie.

Other times, a filmmaking team can completely miss whatever it was that made a property engaging in the first place and create something that is utterly devoid of anything remotely resembling value – entertainment or otherwise. That end result can be a truly terrible movie.

A movie like “Flatliners.”

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Reboot has plenty of T&A, but not enough heart

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 11:23

‘Going in Style’ should act its age

Old person heist comedy lacking in laughs

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Live-action remake loyal to spirit of animated classic

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:24

'Ben-Hur' a Biblical bore

Dull, disinterested remake fails to resonate

While there have been a number of successful offerings, the reality is that the summer of 2016 has been marked by a preponderance of underperforming films particularly those that fall into the category of sequel and/or remake/reboot.

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Friday, 12 August 2016 14:21

The soaring soul of 'Pete's Dragon'

Disney remake retains spirit of beloved original

We all have movies from our childhoods that hold a particularly special place in our hearts; movies that we might not have seen for years, yet still carry fond memories of to this day.

The 1977 Disney film 'Pete's Dragon' was one of those movies for me.

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012 22:31

Always darkest before Red Dawn'

Remake fails to match spirit of original

The 1980s were a simpler time. America was America and we knew exactly who the bad guys were. That's what made a film like 1984's 'Red Dawn' such a success; it was rah-rah jingoism built around showing those Russkies who was boss.

In the 21st century, however, those lines of demarcation aren't so clear. This leads to the 'Red Dawn' remake. Since the circumstances aren't nearly so clear cut these days the movie's main enemy even had to be changed before the film was released you get a film that falls short of the plucky 'America! Fk yeah!' spirit of the original.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:57

Go ahead and Jump'

'21 Jump Street' shockingly good

One of the things that Hollywood has taught us over the past couple of decades is that with rare exceptions, television properties almost never translate well to the big screen. The cinematic recreations of classic TV shows from 'The Brady Bunch' to 'Bewitched' to 'Starsky & Hutch' tend to have one thing in common they're terrible movies.

So expectations were low walking in to '21 Jump Street' (based on the late 1980s FOX show of the same name), Hollywood's latest attempt to translate television success to the cinema. I was expecting it to be more of the same more warmed over clichs and stale jokes dressed up in the guise of nostalgia. I even thought this movie had the chance to be a special kind of terrible.

I was very, very wrong.

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